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Darden Restaurants Overview

Industry

Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure

Organization Type

Public

Employees

178,729

Headquarters

Orlando, FL

Website

www.darden.com

Website

www.darden.com



Founded in

1938

Revenue

$8.0B

Key People

Eugene Lee Jr (ceo)

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About Darden Restaurants

Darden, located in Orlando, FL, is a restaurant company featuring a portfolio of differentiated brands that include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V's. Its subsidiaries operate more than 1,700 restaurants and employ more than 175,000 people. Darden delivers outstanding food, drinks and service in an inviting atmosphere.

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Darden, located in Orlando, FL, is a restaurant company featuring a portfolio of differentiated brands that include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V's. Its subsidiaries operate more than 1,700 restaurants and employ more than 175,000 people. Darden delivers outstanding food, drinks and service in an inviting atmosphere.

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What Is

Darden Restaurants's Mission Statement

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Today, everything we do is rooted in our mission -- to be financially successful through great people consistently delivering outstanding food, drinks and service in an inviting atmosphere, making every guest loyal.

What Darden Restaurants's Employees Say

Darden offers medical coverage, paid vacation, an annual bonus award, tuition reimbursement, retirement plans, dining discounts, and other perks.

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What is it like to work at Darden Restaurants

2.0

October 29, 2019 on Zippia

What Do You Like About Working There?

Good money from tips.. Show More

What DON'T You Like About Working There?

Management is unreliable with schedules, even if they mess up your schedule it's your job to fix it when they can't do the most basic job of a manager... Show More

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Paid daily.. Show More

4.0

October 11, 2019 on Zippia

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3.0

June 22, 2019 on Zippia

What Do You Like About Working There?

Guest are very nice and most of the time tipped well.. Show More

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May 16, 2013 on Reddit

what was the interview like? i have an interview to be a dishwasher at olive garden later today

Its not anything hard, just show up and look professional, be polite, the usual stuff you have practiced for ( that is if you have practiced for an interview) also from my expirence, Darden Managers are either picky or easy going. The job is simple but hard work. Good luck bro!
January 21, 2013 on Reddit

Have you ever witnessed something extremely *** up happen to food before it being served?

Actually, never...in Redlobster the crew will even "harvest" food that has been slightly over cooked and will not server anything messed up to our customers. It is quite amazing. (By harvest...aslong as it is safe to eat and not burnt to hell...the food is Donated to food banks)

What is the strangest thing that's ever happened to you while on the job? What is something you would reccommend to not eat?

I can't really think of one single strangest thing, but I used to have a lady that was somewhat regular order takeout, and she wouldn't even really use the menu. I mean, she'd start out by telling me what entre she wanted, and then modify it until it was something completely different. Then she had the nerve to ask one of the hosts if I was new since it was taking long for me to ring it all in. Then once I rang it in I had to deal with the understandably pissed off line cooks. This happened about once a week. Oh and she always demanded extra salad for free. And there's not really anything I would say to stay away from, just some things are overpriced. I CAN tell you that the best deal on the menu is kids chicken fingers with mac n cheese. It somes with breadsticks, a side, a drink, and a salad, and is about the same price as a salad by itself.

I bartended there for 4 years. What did you have for your employee meal today?

Did you get a free meal each day when you worked there? We don't. We only get 50% off when we're working. I usually skip lunch. A.k.a. Pick at the salad and sneak soup when the manager isn't looking
July 28, 2012 on Reddit

Have you ever gotten revenge on a terrible customer?

Nope. In fact, most terrible customers get their way. If they're very demanding, the manager usually gives them a gift card so they'll shut up.

Darden Restaurants Employees

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Gender

Female

56.5%

Male

41.5%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.0%

French

7.1%

German

3.0%

Portuguese

2.3%

Italian

2.0%

Russian

1.6%

Arabic

1.2%

Japanese

1.0%

Mandarin

1.0%

Chinese

1.0%

Polish

0.6%

Korean

0.5%

Greek

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%

Swedish

0.4%

Lithuanian

0.3%

Bosnian

0.3%

Urdu

0.3%

Turkish

0.3%

Vietnamese

0.3%
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Darden Restaurants Careers

Average Length of Employment
Boeing 6.4 years
Yum! Brands 5.2 years
Kimberly-Clark 5.1 years
General Electric 4.5 years
Johnson & Johnson 3.8 years
Aramark 2.7 years
Red Lobster 2.3 years
Starbucks 2.2 years
Nordstrom 2.2 years
O'Charley's 2.1 years

Darden Restaurants

2.1 years
Ruby Tuesday 2.1 years
Applebee's 1.9 years
McDonald's 1.9 years
Texas Roadhouse 1.8 years
Logan's Roadhouse 1.8 years
Buffalo Wild Wings 1.5 years
Cheddar's Inc. 1.1 years
Top Employers Before Darden Restaurants
McDonald's 14.0%
Walmart 10.9%
Applebee's 9.1%
Pizza Hut 5.0%
Subway 4.8%
Target 4.0%
Wendy's 3.9%
IHOP 3.5%
Taco Bell 3.5%
Sonic 3.4%
Starbucks 3.0%
US Army 2.7%
Top Employers After Darden Restaurants
Walmart 12.1%
Applebee's 9.6%
McDonald's 4.9%
Chili's 4.3%
Target 4.0%
Starbucks 3.7%
Red Robin 3.6%
Amazon 3.5%
IHOP 3.0%
Pizza Hut 3.0%

Darden Restaurants Employees Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.3%

University of Central Florida

9.1%

The Academy

5.3%

Johnson & Wales University

5.0%

Kennesaw State University

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

Valencia College

4.9%

West Virginia University

4.9%

Kaplan University

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.5%

Georgia State University

4.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.0%

University of South Florida

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.7%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.5%

Ashford University

3.5%

Florida State University

3.4%

University of Houston

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

University of North Texas

3.2%
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Majors

Business

20.7%

Psychology

8.4%

Nursing

7.6%

Criminal Justice

6.8%

Culinary Arts

5.6%

General Studies

5.4%

Communication

4.9%

Medical Assisting Services

4.8%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Accounting

3.8%

Biology

3.6%

Marketing

3.2%

Hospitality Management

3.1%

Management

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Cosmetology

2.6%

Education

2.5%

Kinesiology

2.3%

English

2.2%

Graphic Design

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

36.9%

Bachelors

34.9%

Associate

16.9%

Certificate

4.2%

Masters

4.0%

Diploma

2.0%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Darden Restaurants Employee Political Affiliation

Democratic Party

51.4%

Republican Party

43.1%

Other

2.8%

Libertarian Party

2.8%

Employee Political Donations

Name Job Title Party Donation
Clarence Otis JrChief Executive Officer $68,700Democratic Party
Mark GilleyMarket Researcher $22,375Democratic Party
Clarence OtisChief Executive Officer $15,400Democratic Party
Eugene LeeChief Executive Officer $12,700Republican Party
Danielle KirganHuman Resource Officer $10,000Republican Party
Eugene Lee JrChief Executive Officer $10,000Republican Party
Robert McAdamSenior Vice President $8,500Republican Party
Susan ConnellyState Director $6,500Democratic Party
Gerald KundeVice President $4,900Republican Party
Blaine SweattExecutive $4,800Other
KIM LopdrupExecutive $3,000Republican Party
Todd BurrowesExecutive $2,500Republican Party
Douglas MilanesSenior Vice President $2,500Republican Party
Laurie BurnsChief Development Officer $2,500Democratic Party
Kelly GoldiezProject Manager $2,500Democratic Party
Bradford RichmondSenior Vice President $2,000Republican Party
Matthew StroudExecutive $2,000Republican Party
Paula ShivesGovernment Relations $1,800Democratic Party
RON BojaladHuman Resources Coordinator $1,500Republican Party
Horace DawsonAttorney $1,000Democratic Party
Dave PickensExecutive $1,000Republican Party
William MimsAccountant $1,000Democratic Party
David LothropSenior Vice President $1,000Republican Party
Tyler BirkelLobbyist $1,000Republican Party
JIM LawrenceSenior Vice President $1,000Republican Party
JOE LeeExecutive $1,000Republican Party
Edmund RiceFinance Analyst $750Democratic Party
Andrew MadsenExecutive $750Republican Party
John CaronExecutive $750Democratic Party
Kory WatkinsChief Technology Officer $700Republican Party
Gina ParadisBartender $520Democratic Party
Nick ArgentieroGeneral Manager $510Democratic Party
Lola WesselsServer $500Democratic Party
Larry WolffDarden Restaurants $500Republican Party
Colin MyersProject Manager $500Republican Party
Brad RichmondChief Finance Officer $500Republican Party
Teresa SebastianSenior Vice President $500Democratic Party
C RichmondChief Finance Officer $500Republican Party
Roger BingVice President $500Republican Party
Bill HerzigBusiness Executive $500Republican Party
Daniel LyonsHuman Resources Vice President $500Other
Robert McAdamsGovt & Community Affairs $500Democratic Party
RON BeatyRestaurant $500Republican Party
Sally BlackmunAttorney $500Democratic Party
David Varnadoe JrDirector $400Democratic Party
Mandy TylerServer $397Democratic Party
Joshua SandersonServer $337Democratic Party
Andrew RileyServer $309Libertarian Party
Kyle BellServer $280Democratic Party
Amanda KirklandBartender $278Republican Party
Robyn LabreckDirector Of Construction $273Democratic Party
James McIntoshVice President $250Democratic Party
Anastasia BellomyServer $250Republican Party
James SchmidtRestaurant Worker $250Republican Party
David CassanoBartender $250Republican Party
Chip KundeVice President $250Democratic Party
Joseph KefauverDirector Of Public Affairs $250Democratic Party
Chris PunkosdyServer $227Democratic Party
Jessica LangeAssociate Vice President $207Democratic Party
Andrew SkinnerDishwasher $155Democratic Party
MacAire KambaBuser $150Democratic Party
Beth LakesPrep Cook $124Republican Party
Martin ZavalaFood Server $110Republican Party
JOE KernAttorney $100Democratic Party
Kalie MetzgerCertified Trainer $100Democratic Party
Matt BroadAttorney $100Democratic Party
Joyce CarnallHostess $100Democratic Party
Parris LampropoulosServer $100Libertarian Party
Amanda StifflerServer $85Democratic Party
Julie EvansComputer Programmer $80Democratic Party
JD Durham JrBartender $75Democratic Party
Christian JaureguiBartender $30Democratic Party
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Darden Restaurants Salaries

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Senior Systems EngineerOrlando, FL $89,800
Food PrepBethel Park, PA $20,870

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Darden Restaurants Awards

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  • Fortune 500

Darden Restaurants Stock Performance

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Revenue

$8.0B

Net Income

-

Market Cap

$10,170,000,000

Total Equity

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Total Assets

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Frequently Asked Questions about Darden Restaurants

When was Darden Restaurants founded?

Darden Restaurants was founded in 1938.

How many Employees does Darden Restaurants have?

Darden Restaurants has 178,729 employees.

How much money does Darden Restaurants make?

Darden Restaurants generates $8.0B in revenue.

What industry is Darden Restaurants in?

Darden Restaurants is in the hotels, restaurants & leisure industry.

What is Darden Restaurants's mission?

Darden Restaurants's mission statement is "Today, everything we do is rooted in our mission -- to be financially successful through great people consistently delivering outstanding food, drinks and service in an inviting atmosphere, making every guest loyal."

What type of company is Darden Restaurants?

Darden Restaurants is a public company.

Who are Darden Restaurants's competitors?

Darden Restaurants competitors include Cheddar's Inc., Yum! Brands, Kimberly-Clark, Starbucks, Aramark, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald's, Boeing, The Walt Disney Company, General Electric, Marriott International, Johnson & Johnson, Nordstrom, Red Lobster, Applebee's, Texas Roadhouse, Logan's Roadhouse, Ruby Tuesday, O'Charley's, Buffalo Wild Wings.

Who works at Darden Restaurants?

Eugene Lee Jr (ceo)

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